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April 25, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(17):465-466. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390920017005

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In the Sanitarian of February, 1885, is an article on " The Ultimate of Sanitation by Fire," by Col. J. M. Keating, of Memphis. Sanitation by fire is a matter which interests hygienists in all parts of the world; it seems to be the ultimatum of the disposal of waste as a necessity, and as the means of thoroughly disposing of the decaying material in crowded localities it merits the greatest attention. The author of the above-mentioned paper proposes to prove that when people do not complain of polluted water, as is the case in most cities, they do of sewer gas; that when they have a reasonably good system of sewerage, as that of Waring, they have the question of the disposal of the sewage to confront: that rivers are being filled with sewage, which kills the natural inhabitants thereof and pollutes the water for a great portion of the

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